Jazz percussionist Rich Thompson, a former member of the Count Basie Orchestra, will bring his Generations Trio to SUNY Oswego for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Campus Center auditorium.
“Rich Thompson’s Generations Trio is the real thing: deeply gifted musicians who play with excitement, virtuosity and passion and always swing their tails off,” said Eric Schmitz, the combo’s host and a SUNY Oswego assistant professor of music who studied drum set with Thompson at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.
Schmitz said the group recently released its first album, “Rich Thompson: Generations Trio,” and the concert likely will feature music from it.
Thompson, associate professor at the Eastman School, has toured with many jazz greats. Besides Basie, the list includes James Williams, Frank Foster, Rich Perry, Marian McPartland, Snooky Young and many more. Doctoral student and bassist Miles Brown and undergraduate piano student Chris Ziemba complete the trio.
Last spring, Thompson sat in on drums with the Oswego Jazz Ensemble for a concert, and five years ago, he appeared here as a member of the Eastman Jazz Trio for a Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series event.
Those seeking more information may contact SUNY Oswego’s Artswego performing arts organization at 312-4581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genre-blending storytellers will highlight the fall 2012 edition of SUNY Oswego’s Living Writer Series, from outdoor adventurer and memoirist Susan Fox Rogers to interviewer-poet-elegist Patrick Lawler.
Living Writers presentations are free and open to the public from 3 to 4:20 p.m. Sept. 10, 18 and 24; Oct. 8 and 29; and Nov. 5 and 12 in the Campus Center auditorium at SUNY Oswego. All lectures are on Mondays with the exception of Tuesday, Sept. 18.
“What I tried to do with this series is to get people either working within multiple genres or in genres that cross boundaries,” said Donna Steiner, assistant professor of English and creative writing, who is in her first year organizing the series.
Multidisciplinary artist Kimi Eisele opens the series on Monday, Sept. 10. There is no way, Steiner said, to pigeonhole a person who has been an accomplished dancer and visual artist as well as a novelist, poet and nonfiction writer. Eisele will share how writing has infiltrated her artistic endeavors and community-based projects, and how words on paper can become literary activism.
On Sept. 18, SUNY Oswego alumnus and autobiographical novelist Jon Chopan of Rochester will talk about how he blended letters, stories, obituaries and writing fragments to author “Pulled from the River,” a chilling view of what it means to have grown up in a city haunted by serial killer Arthur Shawcross.
Rogers, a rock climber, backcountry skier and kayaker, recently wrote “My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir” — part nature guide, part history, part memoir — and will discuss it in a Sept. 28 appearance.
“It’s been really cool to watch the progress of its birth,” said Steiner, who helped Rogers edit it.
Eminent novelist Philip Roth called Rogers’ book “elegantly written and beautiful…dominated by powerful, antithetical emotions; grief over the loss of elderly parents and exhilaration with exploring a great American river.”
Rogers also has written, among others, “Antarctica: Life on the Ice,” “Solo: On Her Own Adventure” and “Going Alone: Women’s Adventures in the Wild.”
Oct. 8, Marge Pellegrino, who wove narrative, drama and folk tales in her prize-winning novel for young adults, “Journey of Dreams,” will appear.
It’s the story of how one family survives the Guatemalan army’s scorched-earth campaign in the 1980s. Pellegrino will talk about how expressive-arts work with refugees inspired the book, and how writing can be a tool for healing and building community.
A colleague of Steiner’s from graduate-school days at the University of Arizona, Beth Alvarado, will make an Oct. 29 presentation.
Alvarado, a faculty member at the Tucson school, layers portraits, scenes, memories and dreams in her new work, “Anthropologies: A Family Memoir.” Publishers Weekly said the memoir “approaches prose poetry.”
Nov. 5, SUNY Oswego journalism and creative writing alumna Samantha Shelton will return to campus to talk about her work at Fitness Magazine, where Shelton advanced from reader to intern to freelancer to full-time employee.
Shelton will talk about how experiences at SUNY Oswego — from writing for and helping manage the Oswegonian student newspaper to getting Oswego’s edition of Her Campus online magazine up and running — helped her find success in the competitive world of New York City magazine writing.
Nov. 12, Lawler, a poet as well as a fiction and nonfiction writer, will talk about his book “Underground (Notes Toward an Autobiography).” Author of the novel “Rescuers of Skydivers Search Among the Clouds” and several collections of poetry, including “Feeding the Fear of the Earth,” Syracusan Lawler teaches in multiple genres as well.
Those seeking more information may call the SUNY Oswego English and creative writing department at 312-2150.
Three pieces of artwork by SUNY Oswego students are among the 14 works of art by students from the 64-campus SUNY system that will hang in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Washington, D.C., office, Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recently announced.
Two photographic prints by Ryan Schultz of Greene, a senior broadcasting major and graphic design minor at SUNY Oswego, were among those chosen, as was a silkscreen on watercolor monotype by Stephanie Gamboa of Bay Shore, a graduate student and May fine arts graduate of the college. Schultz’s prints are titled “Night Light” and “Graffiti.” Gamboa’s work is titled “Washington, D.C.”
“I am very honored to not only have my work selected to be displayed in Governor Cuomo’s office, but to have two works displayed,” Schultz said. “I would also like to congratulate the other students whose artworks were chosen.”
Gamboa, now pursuing a master’s degree in studio art at SUNY Oswego, agreed. “I am proud to hear that three of the 14 works chosen from various SUNY schools were from SUNY Oswego,” she said. “It shows how hard our students work and how dedicated we are to the program.”
Cuomo pointed to the welcoming nature of the display. “As visitors from across the country and around the world enter our Washington, D.C., office,” he said, “they will be greeted with a visual display that embodies the excellence and creativity of our state and the promise of a new generation of New Yorkers, all of whom are getting a world-class education through our renowned SUNY system. I commend these outstanding SUNY students for their hard work and am honored to display their artwork in my office.”
Zimpher praised artists around the State University system. “The 64 campuses of SUNY are home to many talented artists, whose work has flourished among our dedicated arts faculty and top-rated academic programs in the arts,” she said. “Governor Cuomo’s decision to showcase art created by our students is a testament to its quality and we are delighted and proud to have it on display in our nation’s capital.
A photo gallery of the artwork is available via Generation SUNY’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/generationsuny.
The SUNY Oswego music and theatre departments will present the hits of a legendary Broadway songwriting team in “The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.
The evening will feature popular songs from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II performed by the accomplished vocal quartet SATB, the College Community Orchestra, College Choir, Festival Chorus and SUNY Oswego faculty.
Todd Graber, chair of the college’s music department, will serve as host and vocalist.
Rodgers and Hammerstein formed a distinguished American songwriting team during what was considered the “golden age” of Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s.